Here are 5 thing we should know when a Canadiens (11-10-6) face a New York Islanders (18-5-2) Tuesday night during a Bell Centre (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).
New York Islanders during Canadiens: Five things we should know
The Habs goalies: Carey Price is approaching to start in goal, though will have a new backup after a Canadiens called adult Cayden Primeau from a AHL’s Laval Rocket on Monday and placed Keith Kinkaid on NHL waivers. Price has struggled in a second deteriorate of his eight-year, US$84-million contract, with a 10-9-3 record, a 3.18 goals-against normal and a .898 save percentage. The Canadiens will be looking to finish an eight-game losing strain (0-5-3). It’s a Canadiens’ longest losing strain given carrying 9 uninterrupted waste from Dec. 16, 1939-Jan. 6, 1940. The longest losing strain in authorization story is 12 games, from Feb. 13-March 13, 1926.
Armia on a roll: Joel Armia has scored a idea in any of a Canadiens’ final 3 games and is now tied with Brendan Gallagher for a group lead with 10 goals notwithstanding blank dual games. Armia, who was comparison by a Buffalo Sabres in a initial turn (16th overall) during a 2011 NHL Draft, set a career high with a Canadiens final deteriorate when he scored 13 goals. Tomas Tatar leads a Canadiens in scoring with 9-15-24 totals, followed by captain Shea Weber with 8-13-21. After scoring a career-high 28 goals final season, Max Domi has usually 6 this season, including dual in a final 14 games.
The Islanders goalies: The Islanders became a initial group given a 2006-07 San Jose Sharks to swap starting goalies for any of a initial 24 games of a deteriorate with Semyon Varlamov and Thomas Greiss. Varlamov started Monday night and done 30 saves in a 4-1 win over a Red Wings in Detroit, improving his record to 8-3-2 record with a 2.39 goals-against normal and a .922 save percentage, while Greiss is 10-2-0 with a 2.10 goals-against normal and a .931 save percentage. Varlamov ($5 million) and Greiss ($3.333 million) have a total salary-cap strike of $8.333 million, some-more than $2 million reduction than Price’s $10.5-million tip hit.
Three goals a key: After Monday night’s victory, a Islanders have a 15-0-1 record when scoring during slightest 3 goals in a diversion and are 2-5-1 when they don’t. Since Barry Trotz took over as conduct manager after heading a Washington Capitals to a Stanley Cup in 2018, a Islanders are 53-2-3 in games in that they scored 3 or some-more goals.
Mathew Barzal: Not surprisingly, Barzal is heading a Islanders in scoring with 10-13-23 totals and also had a team-best plus-13 rating. The 22-year-old centre won a Calder Trophy as a NHL’s tip rookie in 2017-18 when he posted 22-63-85 totals and also led a Islanders in scoring final deteriorate with 18-44-62 totals. He has played in each Islanders diversion given a start of a 2017-18 season. The Islanders comparison him in a initial turn (16th overall) of a 2015 NHL Draft.